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#1024 of 1529 VW Quality
Nov 17, 2003 (2:53 pm)
My problems with my Golf sound inconsequential compared with what Time magazine says this week:
Here is an excerpt:
"Jones was lured to the Jetta by its stylish looks, elegant interior and solid road handling, which made it seem worth the $18,900 price. But a few months after bringing her new sedan home in 2000, she returned it to the dealer because of an oil leak.
Then a door lock broke. Then a spring popped out of a seat. By the time she had put 50,000 miles on her Jetta, it already felt sluggish, says Jones, 28. And what especially disturbed her were the grim faces of fellow VW owners whom she encountered at her dealership. "The majority of them weren't there for basic service" of their cars, she says, "but because of some defect."
Ordinarily, Volkswagen might be able to argue that Jones received a rare lemon. But in the latest survey of three-year depend-ability by J.D. Power & Associates, American consumers ranked VW-brand cars 34th, ahead of only Suzuki, Daewoo, Land Rover and Kia. Consumer Reports, which recommended three VW models in the late 1990s, keeps only the pricey Passat on its list of recommended cars. That's quite a tumble for the Volkswagen Group, Europe's largest automaker, which turns out 5 million units a year under brands including Audi, Bugatti, Seat and Skoda."
#1025 of 1529 This is how the article ended:
Nov 17, 2003 (3:05 pm)
"Will such moves be enough to lure back customers like Jetta owner Ann Jones? A few weeks ago, she became fed up with her car and traded it in for a new Honda Accord. It's a testament to VW that she did so grudgingly. "I will miss the Volkswagen style, and I was saddened to leave my Jetta," she says. But her Accord provides her with something her Jetta never did: "I have more peace of mind.""
I can echo "missing my VW style" and "saddened to leave my Golf." Especially for a Cavalier! But while it lacks the panache of a VeeDub, the Cavalier has been well built so far... I will keep you posted. (It'd better break down, the Cav is way down on the food chain. If it doesn't break down, then shame, shame on VW.)
#1026 of 1529 Golf non-starter
Nov 23, 2003 (8:07 am)
Anyone having this problem or know how to resolve? Twice now, my wife's new 2003 GL 2-L has had a problem with the ignition. Once, the key would not turn at all. Next time, the key turned and a few dash lights came on, but not the starter motor. Both times, car was towed to dealer, whereupon it started right up, allowing the dealer to shrug it off.
It's nice to know we can always start the car by having it towed to the dealer, but I am hoping there is an easier and more permanent solution.
#1028 of 1529 VW Golf Service Interval
Dec 06, 2003 (10:13 am)
What are the normal service interval for most VW's and GOLF's in paricular. I havea 2 door GL golf. I thought the intervals were 5,000 then 10,000.
But my dealer had me bring it in at 7,000 to do all the maintenance you would get a 10,000 miles. that is rotate tires, flush brake oil, replace engine oil, check window washers etc. Cost me $80. Then my next service is due at 10,500 according to the sticker on my car. Am I getting ripped off?
#1029 of 1529 VW Golf Service Interval
Dec 06, 2003 (6:15 pm)
(jonnyku) The owners manual will answer your basic quesitons... but I sense that you are looking for somthing else.
If the owners manual is not followed... then the warantee may be affected. Obviously, more frequent maintenance sould be benifectial to the longevity of your Golf.
You have to decide on the 'happy medium' that suits you. Ask yourself quesitons like "how long am I planning to keep this car?" and "Am I prepared for more frequent 'problems' if I pay for less maintenance?"
I have owned VWs for many many years (starting with a 1979 Scirocco) They have all traveled over 120,000 miles and were still running when I got rid of them. I have ALWAYS followed the factory-recommended serviece intervals. (Never changed oil sooner than recommended.)
Keep in mind that it is mostly the QUALITY of the oil that you use. VW recommends 10,000 mile oil changes because their engineers have recommended a SPECIFIC oil specification.
You need to read the "TIRE WARANTEE" that came with your vehicle to determine the rotation schedule for them. The tires are NOT waranteed by VW.
#1030 of 1529 VW Recommended service is as follows
Dec 07, 2003 (4:02 pm)
Since you have GL, you have a 2.0L engine.
The service intervals are every 10k miles.
At 10k they rotate your wheels, change your oil, etc.
At 20k they change the pollen filter, and a few more things.
At 40k they change the spark plugs, in addition to the other services.
Your dealer is taking you for a ride. As bpeebles said, check your owners manual under the maintenance section, and it shows you the intervals I have described here.
#1031 of 1529 VW golf service intervals
Dec 08, 2003 (7:15 am)
That's what I thought too! I twas suppose to be 5K, 10K, 15K, 20K 30K according to the manual. But I thought because I"m leasing my car I was suppose to do more. I guess I"ll bring it in at 10K as usual, but probably have them do less work on it, since it already got it's 10K service at 7.5K miles.
#1033 of 1529 to buy or not to buy
Dec 09, 2003 (8:53 pm)
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Golf
Interior and exterior in black
227,000km, most of it on the highway, last 3 months of heavy city use
Blue light conversion for the Gauge Cluster, instead of the OEM green one
clear side markers
Added the turn signals, like the mkIV have
5% tint on the back windows and the trunk window. 50% tint on the front windows (legal limits)
Placed the antenna on the roof, more in-line with the mkIV's
Radio XtremeSound, which plays mp3's and cd's
a jensen 600 watt subwoofer, and the amplifier
New muffler, front to back
New front disk brakes put in around 4 months ago
Already wired for a subwoofer in the trunk
No known problems with car mechanics. Doesn't make any funny sounds and runs very smoothly.
comes with almost-new 14 inch winter tires with rims.
tune up recently done, new oil, filled up all the prestone, got new bolts for all the winter rims, balanced.
price 3300 Canadian
What problems am i expected to run into since the car is 9 yrs old? How is it when compared to a 1995 honda civic hatch back ?
Your help will be greatly appreaciated.